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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:51 pm    Post subject: Vikings sign the CFL's Nigerian Nightmare Reply with quote

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The Minnesota Vikings once again are looking north for competition on their roster.

An NFL source said on Wednesday night the Vikings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Solomon Elimimian, a Nigerian-born linebacker who was named the Canadian Football League's hardest hitter in a TSN poll of players last year.


http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Vikings_sign_CFLs_hardest_hitter_linebacker_Solomon_Elimimian012512
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, but i'd like to see him be a Tasmanian Tackler too.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

09 Pro day:

Height: 511
Weight: 225
40 Yrd Dash: 4.75
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 20
Vertical Jump: 30 1/2
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.35
3-Cone Drill: 7.06

Highlight reel (CFL): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ9OtEizjP8

Looks like a special teamer all the way to me.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
ok, but i'd like to see him be a Tasmanian Tackler too.


Isn't that Sav Rocca?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYyOvoolACo
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After his first season with the BC Lions in 2010, Elimimian was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie. Elimimian finished the 2011 season with 98 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions. He played college football for the Hawaii Warriors.

In his senior year with the Warriors, Elimimian recorded 121 tackles and four sacks. By the end of his four years playing for the Warriors, Elimimian held the school’s all-time tackles record with 434 tackles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Elimimian
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

disaacs wrote:
vike daddy wrote:
ok, but i'd like to see him be a Tasmanian Tackler too.

Isn't that Sav Rocca?

right.

should have been Tanzanian Tackler.





i've contacted the guy's agent via email and have requested an interview.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a bad signing, like one to push Kenny Onatolu or Larry Dean. At this point, he is nothing more than a camp body, but i said the same about Onatolu.

Its nice to see the MN is active among the CFL team's rosters. It is a potential source of talent, no reason to pass it up.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingsrule wrote:
Not a bad signing, like one to push Kenny Onatolu or Larry Dean. At this point, he is nothing more than a camp body, but i said the same about Onatolu.

Its nice to see the MN is active among the CFL team's rosters. It is a potential source of talent, no reason to pass it up.


Hopefully he contributes more than last year's signings....
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PrplChilPill wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
Not a bad signing, like one to push Kenny Onatolu or Larry Dean. At this point, he is nothing more than a camp body, but i said the same about Onatolu.

Its nice to see the MN is active among the CFL team's rosters. It is a potential source of talent, no reason to pass it up.


Hopefully he contributes more than last year's signings....


I wouldnt expect much, most of these guys are 2-3 year projects anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a good raw talent with hustle. We need bodies like this. Some nice highlights.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingsrule wrote:
PrplChilPill wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
Not a bad signing, like one to push Kenny Onatolu or Larry Dean. At this point, he is nothing more than a camp body, but i said the same about Onatolu.

Its nice to see the MN is active among the CFL team's rosters. It is a potential source of talent, no reason to pass it up.


Hopefully he contributes more than last year's signings....


I wouldnt expect much, most of these guys are 2-3 year projects anyway.




Oh is that so? Wink
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Elimimian: "It's a great opportunity for me. I'm definitely excited and just thank the BC Lions for the opportunity they gave me two years ago when they brought me in."

"Over the last month, I've been to five different teams, worked out for a number of different ball clubs and, you know, had visits and overall, Minnesota was the first team that I had worked out and had a visit with.

"Overall, you know, I got a chance to meet the coaching staff and I got a chance to talk to the GM and what really impressed me was the fact that he took an interest in me and wanted to get to know me outside of football."

Elimimian joins his old teammate with BC and former Lions receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux, who signed with the Vikings after the 2010 CFL season. The St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers were also reported to be interested in the native of Calabar, Nigeria.

http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Solomon+Elimimian+latest+Lion+leave/6056657/story.html#ixzz1kbHBMwVV



Elimimian, #56, is on the right, celebrating with his teamates after winning the 2011 Grey Cup.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice showing of respect by the Eliminator, to sign with the first team that showed interest in him.
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Building a good team starts with good depth, we're getting there guys. Slowly but surely.
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According to reports, Elimimian chose between the Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers, but not before asking the Lions to make a contract offer Wednesday.

Lions personnel coordinator Neil McEvoy said earlier Wednesday he had not been officially asked to make a pitch to retain Elimimian, named to the CFL all-star team last year, and wasn't sure whether the club wanted to enter in the negotiation process. A short time later, the Lions had formally lost their first player.

http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Lions+middle+linebacker+Solomon+Elimimian+signs+with+Vikings/6052676
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